What will I learn?

The MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree is a three year full-time or six year part-time programme of research on a topic that is linked to one of the Department’s research groups under the supervision of one of our academic staff who is a specialist in the research field. It differs from the PhD (see above) in that there is no expectation of ‘novelty’. Rather, the MPhil degree is based around excellent research that furthers knowledge but that additional knowledge does not have to be novel. This has to be demonstrated by reviewing the research literature mainly during the first 6 months or so to establish a specific area of interest where there is scope for moving knowledge forwards. Then some way of exploring that area formally is established, usually through experimentation, and this phase lasts generally well into the second year. The writing of the thesis generally starts during the last 3-6 months of the second year.

Which department am I in?

Electronic Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£21,000.00 (US$ 27,780) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Royal Holloway, University of London



TW20 0EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have a Bachelors degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and from a reputable university, you will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.2/4.0. IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 6.0.

For international students

Applicants should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science/Engineering (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc in relevant disciplines is desirable but not essential. IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5. TOEFL iBT: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Royal Holloway

Located among 135 acres of beautiful Surrey parkland, Royal Holloway, University of London is a world-class research institution.

  • Research is top 25 in the UK (Research Excellence Framework)
  • Located on a beautiful 135-acre parkland.
  • Ranked 34th best UK university (Times Higher Education 2020)
  • Just 19 miles from central London

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